Two layers of asphalt sealcoat are better than one for commercial pavement. Asphalt sealcoating contractors who use the squeegee and spray method do so because they know they’re giving pavement better protection against traffic and the elements. It also gives your pavement a nice even color throughout your asphalt driveway and parking lot. The heavy amount of traffic on commercial pavement requires two sealcoating layers.
In this blog post, we will go over the benefits of two sealcoat layers using squeegee and spray methods. A commercial asphalt sealcoating contractor will be able to tell you more about the pros and cons of applying two sealcoat layers.
Provides Better Coverage
Using a squeegee offers better coverage than the spray method. However, contractors who use both the squeegee and spray methods can offer you better coverage for commercial parking lots and driveways. Since different asphalt pavements have different porosities, the squeegee method works best to force sealant into these pores. Spray wands can’t offer the same level of coverage as squeegees, but they are perfect for hiding any slight imperfections left behind.
Fixes Hairline Cracks
The large squeegees that asphalt contractors use allow them to press asphalt sealant down into small hairline cracks. It’s important to remember that sealcoating will not and large cracks. However, tiny cracks that are hard to see with the human eye will be filled before they have the chance to grow into expensive asphalt crack repairs.
Evens out Color
The first sealcoat layer applied with a squeegee forces sealant into the pavement. This means that there shouldn’t be any light blotches in your sealcoat layer. The second sealcoat spray layer reduces the appearance of any squeegee marks left behind. The result is a rich dark pavement that’s even in color. While sealcoating protects your pavement from the sun, precipitation, and automobile fluids, it also makes your pavement look like new.
The second layer of asphalt sealant covers up any slight imperfections. For example, the spray sealcoat application can hide any squeegee marks left behind by the first layer. If left alone, squeegee marks will cause your pavement to not wear evenly. Many business owners appreciate spray sealcoating because it hides imperfections and helps pavement look as good as the day it was installed.
Do I need two sealcoat layers for my residential driveway?
No, residential driveways don’t receive enough traffic to need two sealcoat layers. Instead, a single heavy coat of asphalt sealant is applied using the spray method. Sealcoating will protect your residential driveway from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids. Applying only one layer of sealcoat also means that the contractor will be able to finish the job faster so you can get back to using your driveway.
B&E Coating Services, LLC is a Grand Rapids asphalt sealcoating company that strives to help customers prolong the lives of asphalt pavement. If you are interested in our commercial sealcoating or residential sealcoating services, give us a call at 1 (800) SEAL-817.